By Nora Quintanilla
New York, May 30 (EFE) .- A large number of Spanish-flavored “cryptoart” works are auctioned on weekends in non-fungible token (NFT) format at a gallery in Brooklyn, New York, which, as some of the event organizers told EFE, is witnessing and at the forefront of this digital “revolution”.
“The Empathy Muscle” was one of the main features of the exhibition / auction: a “performance” by Spanish poet Marcos de la Fuente on Saturday night at La Casa ArtHouse in the Clouds, a physical art gallery / virtual that exhibits NFT works in the Big Apple.
The artist wanted to push poetry “a step further” by uniting speech with technology to create a “hybrid 3.0” which was later encrypted. To his physical expression were added verses projected in English, Spanish and Galician; “Ad hoc” electronic music and improvisation, he said.
Once converted into crypto art, coins like hers become a digital asset stored on blockchains that can be purchased with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Doge and others, a situation that “gives power back to creators” .
“To date, digital (illustrations) could not be authenticated, they had no value. This possibility makes each piece unique. It’s a real revolution, ”said De la Fuente, above all because digital artists who until now have stayed“ at a lower level ”can now see their work become“ just as valuable as the physical (the art), ”he said.
De la Fuente, who is also the director of the Kerouac Poetry Festival, believes that La Casa ArtHouse can transform itself through this initiative into “the forefront of digital artistic movements in the city” as well as a meeting place and reference for artists, since “the world is watching what we do in New York”.
Among the exhibition attendees is Carlos Hache, the artistic name used by Carlos Hidalgo, a Venezuelan animation designer who has lived in New York for years and who has showcased several of his NFT works and highlighted the opportunity. that this type of initiative offers.
“I am used to monetizing my art but not selling it to the general public. I like the idea of participating in this new wave and revolution, ”he said, adding that this method will provide visibility to“ unconventional ”artists who so far have failed to occupy the world. space in galleries and museums for their work.
One of Hidalgo’s plays is a cartoon with the faces of Venezuelan historical figures like Francisco de Miranda, Andres Bello and Simon Bolivar, to whom he gave a “contemporary feeling” and a fun side with elements related to the modern life like sunglasses, earrings and cigarettes.
“I feel that the work is representative of myself. This is where I come from, and I add things that I have learned over the years, ”said Hidalgo, who has experimented with artificial intelligence as an artistic tool and believes it can lead to “new types of aesthetics”.
The two artists, who agree they are part of an artistic ‘revolution’, belong to a group of more than 30 cryptoart pioneers who are in attendance Friday through Sunday at the exhibition and sale, including Gazoo To the Moon, Gonzalo Gelso, Rachel Van der Nacht, Charles Bentley and No Fun Studio.
Cryptoart is an art category that emerged as a kind of artistic work niche following the development of blockchain networks between the mid to late 2010s. It quickly gained popularity largely due to the unprecedented capacity offered by the underlying technology for purely digital works of art to be bought, sold or collected by anyone in a decentralized manner.
A non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger (i.e. a blockchain) that certifies that a digital asset is unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files. Access to any copy of the original file, however, is not limited to the purchaser of the NFT.